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Is French driving improving

USE of mobiles on Eurostar, sexism and driving habits in France have all stirred debate in recent weeks on our Facebook

Here is a selection of opinions on driving standards

IT’S starting from a pretty low level anyway, so theoretically it can only get better. J.S.

IMPROVING? You must be joking. I’m not sure if any driver in France (or the UK come to that) has ever been told where their indicators are. Either that or none of them work. P.S.

A BIG contributor to the fall in road deaths in all countries involving motor vehicles is the ever improving safety standards in car construction. The correct question to ask would be have the number of accidents decreased? S.H.

THE most likely reason for the reduction in numbers of road deaths in February this year is because most drivers couldn’t get on the roads for three weeks, due to snow. Also many roads in this region had weight limit restrictions because of the way the roads are constructed, so no big lorries either. J.M.

THE big trucks are the worst, especially at lunchtime when all they care about is getting to their favourite restaurant and yet another glass of wine. F.B.

TAIL-GATING is my pet hate, and I’m French. It’s a national pastime in France. Mind you I very nearly got killed in the UK by a British tailgater, so is it spreading? M.E.

Do you find France sexist?

SIMPLE answer: yes. I run a small business. When I answer the phone regarding business, people always ask to speak to my husband. Why? He knows nothing about the business, he runs his own. M.L.

EVERYONE says that France was/is like the UK 30-40 years ago, so if that’s the case then they will catch up soon. It’s not sexist – it’s just men have their jobs and women have theirs. It is no more sexist than other countries that have “their ways”, I think. P.A.S.

EXTREMELY sexist. Quite shocking sometimes. Even from other women. A.R.

I DO not agree. I have lived in France since I was 20 with a few years back in Britain for my job. I saw the 60s in Britain and then the 70s in France. France quickly caught up on the feminist scale. I have brought up four children in this country and have never felt looked down on, nor been treated differently to any of my male colleagues. Perhaps the way people perceive the way they are treated is only equal to their own expectations. After all, if you expect to be treated as inferior, there is no doubt that you will be. In the 70s a woman had to do a man’s job better than a man to get and keep it. Today, I do not think that is the case and if you work hard and prove yourself to be worthy, I think the chances of your getting a better job are more than probable in France, whereas in Britain, I really do find that men look down on women, especially older women who expect to have an equivalent salary to theirs. C.P.

On introducing mobile phone coverage in the Eurotunnel

ONLY provided there is a level of sound above which they will be automatically cut off – preferably if anyone else can hear the conversation. You will never stop selfish show-offs telling the world about their lives. S.C.

NOT many places left in the world where no one can get hold of you. Shame. A.M.

OH goody. Somewhere else where there’ll be an opportunity to listen in on everyone else’s (loud) conversations. S.B.

I WOULD prefer Eurostar to allow dogs. B.S.

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